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LG G3 will feature a gold color scheme among others when available. The fashionable color option was confirmed by a leaked live photo of the upcoming device's retail box, obtained by The Verge. LG G3 retail box (click to enlarge) When reached for comment, LG unsurprisingly declined to discuss what it has in the pipeline. However, the Korean manufacturer did confirm that its next smartphone will have a display with the already rumored resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Furthermore, The Verge's sources confirm that the LG G3 will indeed resemble the KDDI-bound, skinny bezels-toting LG LGL24 isai whose press images leaked out yesterday. The predecessor of the Japanese market handset, LG LGL22 is a close relative of the LG G2. LG G3 will break cover this summer. Past rumors have pointed at a May 17 launch date. Source...


Google released the Module Developers Kit (MDK) for its Project Ara smartphone last week, and now more news has surfaced about the modular device. In December, the company will release an Android update for Ara devices, followed by the release of the first Ara phone in January of 2015. Project Ara allows you to configure your purchase in a wide array of directions, including custom colors, images, and, of course, which components you need in your device. 3D printed textures will also be available, which should result in one or more modules that are pleasant to the touch. Google experimented with phone customization in its Moto Maker tool for the Moto X, so you can expect a much more elaborate version of that around Christmastime for Project Ara. Google hopes that Ara will take on the role of your primary smartphone for as long as 5-6 years, during which time you could pop in a new CPU or camera if yours gets a bit long on the tooth, rather than having to buy an all-new device once the latest tech rolls around. The Ara has the potential to drastically change the way smartphones are approached - including a plethora of third-party applications - and we can't wait to see if the market will...


Samsung senior VP of product strategy Yoon Han-kil revealed to Reuters that the company is confident its latest flagship sales of the Galaxy S5 will eclipse last years' Galaxy S4 device. The company more than doubled last week's launch market compared to that of the S4, making the new flagship available in some 125 countries globally. Expectations of good S5 sales are high in Samsung's camp, as the company has grown increasingly reliant on its mobile business, which generates 70% of its overall profits. The high-end smartphone market in particular has been strained of late due to competition from low-cost Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Lenovo. While many saw the latest Galaxy S5 flagship as only a cursory update to the S4, this latest flagship launch has reflected a shift in strategy from the Korean giant. No longer content with packing in gimmicky features (the S5 packs only 40 preinstalled apps compared to the 50 on the S4), the company is more focused on selling the device in as wide a market as possible. Yoon also discussed the launch of a premium Samsung smartphone running Tizen in the second quarter of this year, followed by a midrange model later on. The oft-delayed Tizen devices from Samsung are an attempt to alleviate its reliance on Android, and generate a stream of revenue from its own third-party apps and services. Also revealed were plans for a new Android-powered smartwatch later this year, alongside hints at a new Galaxy Note device sporting a "new form factor" in the second half of this...


Samsung's has expanded its Gear smartwatches to work exclusively with some 20 more smartphones and tablets, although they will still have to be Samsung branded. Initially working only on the Galaxy S5, Samsung has unveiled an updated list of compatible devices for its new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit wearables. The Gear Manager and Gear Fit Manager apps that are needed to sync the Gear wearable to your Galaxy can be downloaded on 12 phones and 8 tablets. Here's the full list: Phones Galaxy S5 Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note 3 Neo Galaxy S4 Galaxy Note II Galaxy S III Galaxy S4 Active Galaxy S4 mini Galaxy S4 zoom Galaxy Mega 6.3 Galaxy Mega 5.8 Galaxy Grand 2 Tablets Galaxy Note Pro 12.22 Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 For more on Samsung's line of Gear wearables, check out our hands-on here. Source |...


According to a report in The Korea Times, Samsung expects to ship 35 million Galaxy S5 units between April and June. The upbeat prediction is a result of the strong sales achieved by the device during its worldwide launch. The high number of shipped Galaxy S5 devices is estimated to create 17 trillion won (more than $16.3 billion) of Q2 revenue for the manufacturer. Unsurprisingly, the above numbers have impressed industry analysts, who now predict better than expected Q2 earnings for Samsung. It is important to note that the number of shipped devices will not necessarily match the number of sold ones. Samsung insiders told The Korea Times that the company shipped roughly 63 million Galaxy S4 units, but sold 40 million. Samsung hasn't officially commented on the sales targets for the Galaxy S5. Source | Via ...


Alleged live photos of Amazon's first smartphone made the rounds online. The images reveal the yet to be announced handset wearing typical for prototype devices, hard enclosure which hides its design. The leaked images show a whopping five front-facing camera units on the device. One of them is tipped to serve standard video calling duties, while the remaining four snappers will play role in creating the already rumored glasses-free, head-tracking 3D effect. Reportedly, the 3D effect feature will be limited at the device's launch - it will be reserved for only several built-in gestures. However, Amazon is said to be hard at work at courting developers to cook up apps which can utilize the innovative tech. In addition to the handful of camera modules, the upcoming Amazon phone is said to feature a 4.7" 720p display and 2GB of RAM. The chipset of the device will be a yet to be known Qualcomm Snapdragon unit. Unsurprisingly, the handset will boot Amazon's modified Android build, called FireOS. Amazon's smartphone is tipped to debut as early as this coming June. The official name of the device is yet to be known. Source 1 | Source...


The Japanese market version of LG's yet to be revealed G3 flagship might have leaked on Twitter. A duo of press shots showing a mysterious high-end LG handset made the rounds on the social network, courtesy of @evleaks. LG isai for KDDI (click to enlarge) The leaked press photos reveal the front and the back of the yet to be announced device in blue and white color scheme. Dubbed LG isai, the smartphone is headed to KDDI in Japan. There is no word on the specs of the upcoming handset just yet. However, LG isai impresses with ultra-slim bezels (possibly to accommodate that rumored 5.5" QHD display in a more manageable footprint). The volume rocker on the back of the leaked handset on the other hand is standard high-end LG smartphone affair. While we don't see a physical power/lock key on the device, we wouldn't be surprised if that mysterious strip on the left of the volume rocker plays the role (it could well be a fingerprint scanner too). LG isai is yet to be annoucned. We'll keep a close eye on any further details on the handset. Source...


Factory floors out of China have long been sources of leaked shots of upcoming Apple devices, and apparently the anticipated iPhone 6 is no exception. The latest alleged shot has it next to an iPhone 5S, showing off the rumored larger screen of Apple's next smartphone flagship (an roughly coinciding with previous leaked shots). If the iPhone 6 follows the footsteps of its predecessor, then image leaks of panels and cases should continue to surface up to the anticipated announcement. That should take place sometime around early autumn if previous iPhone launches are any indication. However, leaks out of Asian factories should always be taken with more than the usual bit of skepticism, as frequently they are of knock-off manufacturers or case designers. Also, we've been hearing inklings of a larger-screened iPhone since before the iPhone 5 launch, although not often with an actual front panel. If the image does turn out to be true, it means that Apple has finally resigned itself to a large-screened display that has been an industry trend in recent years. We're sure to have an increasing amount of Apple leaks in the coming months, so be sure to check back with us often! Source (Chinese) |...


The Oppo R1, a slim, dual-SIM phone, went official late last year with a MediaTek chipset but Oppo has a Snapdragon version in the works too, which was just certified by Tenaa (the Chinese wireless authority). Tentatively dubbed Oppo R1S, the phone maintains the slender dimensions of 142.7 x 70.4 x 7.1mm and it's actually a bit lighter at 136g. The phone has a 5" TFT screen with 720p resolution (294ppi), just like the regular R1. Oppo R1S photos by Tenaa Where the phones differ is that the Snapdragon chipset (presumably Snapdragon 400 MSM8926) supports LTE - both Chinese and global. The new phone is a bit more powerful too - the CPU is still a quad-core Cortex-A7 but it's now clocked at 1.6GHz and there's 2GB RAM instead of just 1GB. The Oppo R1S runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, one up from the 4.2 Jelly Bean that the R1 came out with. The Snapdragon chipset should allow for easier updates to newer Android versions over the MediaTek chipset too. Another upgrade is the camera - the main camera is now a 13MP shooter, up from 8MP. It can record 1080p video. From the Tenaa info we can't quite tell if the Oppo R1S is a dual-SIM like the R1 or not. Source (in Chinese) |...


Announced back in December last year, the Gionee Elife E7 Mini is finally on sale in India. Packing a 4.7" IPS IGZO display of 720p resolution the Elife E7 Mini features a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 CPU and a Mali 450MP4 GPU in addition to 1GB of RAM. Sadly, the 16GB of onboard memory isn't expandable. The Elife E7 Mini measures 139.8 x 66.2x 8.6mm and weighs 142.9 grams, which is a bit heavier than the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (137 grams) and the LG G2 mini (121 grams). According to the company, the 2,200mAh battery of the phone should be good for 18 hours of talk time and up to 200 hours of standby time. The main attraction of the Elife E7 Miini is its 13MP camera. It sits on a rotating mechanism, which allows it to double as a front-facing camera as well. Next to it, there's an LED flash. The phone runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Elife's custom Amigo 2.0 skin on top. The Elife E7 Mini features NFC and comes in both dual- and single-SIM variants. Available in black, blue, pink and white, the phone currently retails for $315/€228 (INR18,999) but it is unclear when it will be available outside of...


Analytics company IHS has released its teardown report of the Samsung Galaxy S5, which also reveals an estimate of the phone's bill of materials (how much its parts cost). The Galaxy S5 costs Samsung about $256 to build, which is just slightly more than what the Galaxy S4 cost back in 2013 - $244. The most expensive component in the Galaxy S5 is its 5.1" full HD Super AMOLED display. It costs $63, which is $12 cheaper than the 5" one of the Galaxy S4. It appears that Samsung has managed to streamline its display production to achieve the lower price. The DRAM and flash memory of the Galaxy S5 cost $33 combined. Interestingly, according to IHS the fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S5 costs just $4, which is significantly less expensive than the one found in the iPhone 5s. Apple spends $15 for each one they place in their current flagship phone, which carries a $199 bill of materials. Lastly, Galaxy S5's heart rate biosensor is made by chipmaker Maxim and adds $1.45 to the cost of the device. IHS estimates the cost of assembly is $5 per device. Be wary that while this component price estimation gives a neat overview of the phone's cost, it doesn't include R&D, software, distribution and marketing costs. Source |...


Back in 2012, the simple and affordable Xperia E was targeting youths and first-time smartphone users. Two years later and out of elementary school, the Xperia E1 has more screen size and brain power to stay afloat in the rough waters of junior high...


The first camera samples taken with the OnePlus One are now available thanks to golden-hearted gal Kang Yi. She is the face of the Renmin University in China and has uploaded a bunch of photos taken with the upcoming OnePlus One smartphone. She has done so on her Weibo account, where she has uploaded a couple of selfies, some night shots and closeups. Additionally, the phone's project chief Carl Pei has also outed a few indoor samples taken with a pre-production One unit. Here are the samples in question. Note that all of them are taken with a pre-production OnePlus One, so we'll keep the analysis for when the retail unit becomes available. OnePlus One camera samples And here are resized night shots taken with the OnePlus One compared to those captured with HTC One, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2. OnePlus One • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 • LG G2 • HTC One night shots The OnePlus One is officially boasting a 13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 camera with an f/2.0 aperture. It'll be able to record 4K video and slow-motion 720p @ 120fps clips. The OnePlus phone will feature Image Stabilization Plus (IS+), which "reduce noise and shakiness". The phone is also officially confirmed to sport a 5.5-inch 1080p JDI display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. The OnePlus One is having its official announcement next week on April 23. The company is adamant the One will sell unlocked for under $400/€400 when it comes out in Q2 of this year. Source |...


HTC One (M7) will get the Sense 6 UI treatment before the end of next month. The word about the update was delivered on Twitter by Jason Mackenzie - the President of HTC America. Reminder that Sense 6 will push to current HTC One users by end of May. #htcadvantage— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) April 14, 2014 The above deadline is for HTC One (M7) and its carrier-specific models in the United States and Canada. There is no word on when the new UI will make its way to the international version handset, though we truly doubt that the wait will be any longer. HTC One mini and One max are also going to receive the new user interface. We are yet to hear about a deadline about their update. You can find out all about HTC Sense 6 in our detailed review of the HTC One (M8) over here. Source ...


MediaTek had announced its MT6595 chipset a while ago and the company has now showcased it at the China Electronic Information Expo. Back at its unveiling, MediaTek did not reveal much of the details of its MT6595 silicon, but we now know what exactly it is made up of. The MT6595 is built up on the big.LITTLE architecture and features integrated LTE support. MediaTek's latest SoC has four Cortex A17 cores firing at 2.2 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.7 GHz. The graphics processing unit in charge is the PowerVR G6200 that is capable of handling 4K2K video playback and recording. The chip also has the ability to support 20 megapixel camera. The inbuilt modem that comes with the MT6595 is probably the most interesting bit of this chip. According to the company, the silicon can handle TD-LTE/FDD-LTE/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/GSM networks without any hassle. MediaTek's new 32-bit processor is expected to give Qualcomm and other chipset manufacturers a fair competition. The first set of the smartphones with MT6595 is expected to launch very...


Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is out today for and the Nexus 5 users on Sprint are the first to get it. Carrying a version number KTU48F the update enables the device to work on Sprint's LTE network on bands 26 and 41. The new Android version is strictly fixing existing bugs and doesn't bring new feature or UI tweaks, as previously rumored. Google has fixed mostly bugs regarding Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, but known problems with data connection loss, random reboots, missed calls and various camera bugs have also been fixed. The update hasn't appeared on the list of factory images for Nexus devices just yet, but Sprint is currently seeding it to its customers with Nexus 5 phones. Source |...


Just as promised, Windows Phone 8.1 is now available for download to developers. Joe Belfiore, the chief of the Windows Phone Program Management at Microsoft has tweeted a screenshot of the WP 8.1 update prompt. Mind you, before being able to install the Windows Phone 8.1 update, you'll have to download a minor update that prepares your phone for the essential one. Regular consumers can expect their phone to receive the update in a few months, while the first devices to run it out of box will come at the end of this or the start of next month. If you are in a hurry, registering as a Windows Phone developer isn't really that hard. You can either pay $19 to Microsoft and get access to publishing apps in the Windows Phone Store or register as a developer through App Studio. The latter option is free and is aimed at enthusiasts but it also grant you the Developer status, which in turn lets you install the update. The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings a lot of new features to Microsoft's phone OS. Most notably, those are the digital personal assistant Cortana, Action center, updated UI with custom lockscreen and tile backgrounds, IE 11 as well as updated security and Sense...


Sony is experiencing a great deal of trouble getting its latest flagship the Xperia Z2 out of the factories and onto the store shelves. The company has re-launched the pre-orders for the phone on its UK website and has listed the shipping time window for the month of May. The Sony Xperia Z2 was supposed to launch in early April, but due to stock shortage and delays, the phone only made it in very limited quantities. Despite Sony stating those problems won't push the phone's availability to a later date, it seems that's exactly what's happening now. Sony's France, Spain and Poland stores are also listing the device as being on pre-order. In the UK, the phone retails for £599.99 and Sony is including an SRS-BTX300 NFC speaker for free. Unfortunately for the company, the delay might result in quite a few lost sales. The HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are already on sale and it's very likely for customers who are on the lookout for a new smartphone to turn their eyes on to what's currently available rather than wait. Here's hoping that the delay won't last beyond the beginning of next month. Source |...


Huawei Ascend P7 has been in the wild since February and it kept leaking in live photos, even more live photos, certification authorities plus Huawei has already sent invitation for an announcement event on May 7. Today the Ascend P7 appeared in even more pictures showing off its thin frame, which looks a lot like the previous Ascend P6. Here they come: Huawei Ascend P7 leaked photos The Huawei Ascend P7 should go official in a month. It is rumored to pack a 5" 1080p display, a HiSilicon 910 chipset with a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, plus a 13MP/8MP camera combo. LTE connectivity is to be expected too. The Ascend P7 will supposedly run on Android KitKat skinned with Huawei's latest Emotion 2.0 UI. We'll know more on May 7, when the P7 will go official. Source |...

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